The Hidden Cameras recently dropped their sixth record Age. After releasing the album worldwide and playing shows in Vienna and Munich, the Toronto indie-pop group’s frontman Joel Gibb kindly took the time to speak with A Music Blog, Yea?. Dive into our conversation below as we discussed Year of the Spawn, their quintessential songs, remixes, and more.
AMBY: Hi Joel, congratulations on the release of your new album Age! What was the experience like recording it?
The Hidden Cameras: Thanks. The process was long, drawn-out and meticulous. It spanned years and was recorded in many studios. It was also mixed by four different people. I wouldn’t recommend it as a process but I am very happy with the final results.
AMBY: What were your biggest influences songwriting-wise on the new album?
The Hidden Cameras: Hard to say “songwriting-wise” if there is any clear influence. For me to write a song I need to empty my mind and body of things like that.
AMBY: What is the significance behind the title Age?
The Hidden Cameras: It just came to me. It’s short (which I wanted) and it evokes many things. I also causally call the album a “coming-of-age” piece just like the film genre.
AMBY: You recently released a video for Year of the Spawn. What’s the story behind the song?
The Hidden Cameras: I wrote this song years ago. Not sure what the story is actually. You mean why or how I wrote the song? What does the song mean? It’s open to interpretation. I purposely wrote the song to have a lot of apocalyptic associations but I also don’t want to ascribe a specific meaning to it either.
AMBY: You have an amazing discography. Which three songs are the quintessential The Hidden Cameras?
The Hidden Cameras: Hmmm hard to say but the sake of giving you an answer: 1. “Boys of Melody” 2. “Awoo” 3. “Skin & Leather”
AMBY: What is the craziest thing to happen to The Hidden Cameras while on stage?
The Hidden Cameras: I always get uncomfortable when asked about a “crazy” moment I’m supposed to recall. Isn’t our reputation crazy enough? I’m not detail oriented when it comes to things like that. You should ask Maggie MacDonald from the band. She always remembers everything like that. I’m always playing guitar and singing in my own little world.
AMBY: What are some of your favourite things to do outside of music?
The Hidden Cameras: Not much actually. Sex and music are interchangeable. Fitness…friends…art…movies, etc.
AMBY: Who have you been listening to lately?
The Hidden Cameras: New stuff I’m working on, remixes from Age. I’m out of touch I know.
AMBY: What has you most excited for 2014?
The Hidden Cameras: Year of the Horse!
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Hidden Cameras that nobody knows yet?
The Hidden Cameras: This is also another question I always get uncomfortable about. Some things must remain hidden.
Thank you The Hidden Cameras, for giving us your answers!
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